Memorial Day weekend is a time to celebrate the men and women who have fought so hard to keep our country free. A time to honor many brave heroes. And along with the celebration, spend time with family and friends and see some great sports action. And what a weekend it was for sports. The Denver Outlaws celebrated, honored and participated in some eating contests.
The Denver Outlaws hosted the Chesapeake Bayhawks at the Sports Authority Field Saturday night and they had every reason to celebrate. To start the night of celebration, recording artist Kory Brunson and his band sang the national anthem. They also performed at the end of the night to kick-off the fireworks. Throw in a Major League Eating Contest, honoring and recognition of the military, and oh yea there was a game played as well.
This games showed the accolades of many of the Denver Outlaws. With a final score of 17-10, this night had the highest score of the season. The first quarter was exciting with a score of 3-1 at the end. Scoring came from Jeremy Sieverts, with an assist from John Grant, Cam Holding and Chris Bocklet. But then the fireworks started early and the scoring was fast.
The second quarter saw eight goals of which six were from the Outlaws. The stars of the second quarter were Justin Pennington, Jeremy Noble, Drew Snider, and Chris Bocklet. In this quarter, Drew Snider had two goals and Chris Bocklet had two of the fastest with shots within 30 seconds of each. This gave Bocklet a hat trick in the first 30 minutes. It was a night that the Denver Outlaws could do no wrong. And the Chesapeake Bayhawks tried to match the power of the sticks but they just could not do it.
With the third quarter the sticks again were on fire for the Denver Outlaws. This quarter saw ten recorded goals and six of those were by the Denver Outlaws. Ken Clausen saw his first goal of his Major League Lacrosse play. John Grant Jr., Anthony Kelly, Noah Molnar, Cam Holding and Jeremy Sieverts all participated in the goal frenzy. The Denver Outlaws manhandled the Chesapeake Bayhawks again as Coach Dave Cottle was trying to find ways to stop the Outlaws. Coach Cottle is a winning coach and helped bring the Bayhawks a MLL Championship in 2011. But the Denver Outlaws General Manager Tony Seaman and Head Coach B.J. O’Hara were too smart and had the Outlaws ready for a victory.
The fourth quarter welcomed goalie Dillon Ward, seeing his first Major League Lacrosse action. Dillon Ward helped hold off the Bayhawks and only allowed one goal while in net. The Outlaws again outscored the Bayhawks and netted two goals. Once again the masterful John Grant Jr. and Cam Holding did the honors. This helped John Grant Jr. and Cam Holding earn a hat trick for the night.
The game ended with a single-game high record of nine assists, 35 shots on goal and 17 points. This was not a bad way to say “Thank you” to our men and women of the Armed Forces who were in attendance.